Chiswick Cheese Market gets the go ahead

The organisers of Chiswick Cheese Market have got the go ahead to run an outdoor market in Chiswick High Rd once a month, selling cheese and ‘provisions’.

The application by the Cookbook Kitchen crew, the group of local women who brought us the Cookbook Festival, was heard by LB Hounslow Licensing Panel on Wednesday 20 January. There were a number of objections, not least from Cllr Joanna Biddolph, but the proposal was supported by two other local councillors – Cllr Ron Mushiso and Cllr John Todd.

Cllr Mushiso said: “I am delighted with the decision by the Licensing Panel. I think this market will bring further footfall to Chiswick High Rd and traders will benefit. This is yet another example of Chiswick finding ways to revive the High Rd through the community.”

Cllr Todd said: “I’m pleased that the applicants, who are constituents of mine, were rightly given a licence today. They were questioned at length during the hearing but were not found wanting in any related aspect”.

Putting the cheese back in Cheesewick

Lucy Cufflin, one of the organisers, said she was “delighted”. The market will be where the Chiswick Flower Market is held, outside George IV (but not continuing down Devonshire Rd).

The Cookbook Kitchen group say:

‘We are thrilled to announce that The Cookbook Kitchen has today had its licence application approved to bring cheese back to Chiswick in the form of a market every third Sunday of the month. We are looking forward to collaborating with local traders and hospitality to make the cheese market a success for everyone once COVID restrictions allow.

READ ALSO: Lucy Cufflin’s blog about the Cheese Market

‘Chiswick was originally known as Cheesewick. Chiswick was first recorded c.1000 as the Old English Ceswican meaning “Cheese Farm”; the riverside area of Duke’s Meadows is thought to have supported an annual cheese fair up until the 18th century’. (Source Gillian Clegg, Chiswick Past & Present).

The organisers say their aim is to bring cheese back home to Chiswick and make Chiswick a destination for locals and visitors across London and beyond. British Cheese makers have been having a terrible time during the pandemic and many face going out of business because they have lost restaurants and catering sales.

Jamie Oliver launched the ‘Save British Cheese’ campaign with Neal’s Yard Dairy. There are over 1800 British names cheeses alone and many thousands more in Europe and beyond.

‘We have great champions for cheese right here in London – Bayley & Sage, Patricia Michelson (La Fromagerie), Mons, Neals Yard to name but a few’ say the organisers. They hope the market will not only help bring business to Chiswick High Rd but play a part in the revival of British cheese.

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